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Simply Sewing 83

Simply Sewing is a practical magazine for makers who sew, or would like to start sewing. Its contemporary look and feel, fresh attitude and ideas, beautiful photography and inspiring projects will have you behind the sewing machine from the get-go! Digital editions do not include paper gifts

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

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simply sewing fresh ideas with fabric

The weather’s picking up and we’re heading for the nearest beach, park or nature spot to get plenty of use out of this month’s floral picnic set, all while looking the epitome of summer chic in Lisa Comfort’s gorgeous Penny dress, included with this jam-packed issue. If it’s more of a relaxed vibe you’re after, try your hand at Deer and Doe’s Azara skirt pattern in the softest chambray, or give upcycling a go with a versatile pinafore dress. For cooler evenings, try Sewing Bee star Juliet Uzor’s jacquard duster coat, plus get 20% off Atelier Brunette fabric at Minerva – we can’t wait to see your makes! WWW.GATHERED.HOW/SIMPLYSEWING #SIMPLYSEWINGMAG facebook.com/simplysewingmagazine twitter.com/simplysewing_ pinterest.com/simplysewingmag instagram.com/simplysewingmag…

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summer days

We’re ready for some summer sewing this month! Treat yourself to a gorgeous new maxi dress with a creative pattern hack on page 64, then stitch up a new bag to wear with it by making L’Atelier de Maya’s floral drawstring design on page 56. If you’re starting to plan some weekends away, have a go at our pretty pleat-detail washbag on page 71, or pack up a luxury picnic with Jessica Entwistle’s floral picnic set on page 32 – we’re in love with the patchwork-detail quilted rug! Don’t forget to share all your sewing projects with us on Instagram @simplysewingmag.…

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SEW OVER IT Our cover star this issue is the lovely Penny Dress from Sew Over It. We can’t wait to sew this up for the summer. There are some exciting changes going on behind the scenes at SOI HQ – we chat to Lisa about what to expect on page 24! JULIET UZOR Sewing Bee star and queen of a statement sleeve, Juliet Uzor, has designed a gorgeous patternless duster for us this issue. Find it on page 52, and don’t miss out on the chance to win a place on Juliet’s online dressmaking course on page 16! DEER AND DOE French indie pattern company Deer and Doe was founded in 2012 by Éléonore. Today, she is joined by her team, Camille and Sylvie, and the passionate trio work together to produce quality patterns…

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FLOWERS & THREADS Stitch in Bloom by Lora Avedian (Hardie Grant, £15) combines a love of nature and embroidery. It’s a celebration of the beauty and versatility of couching stitch for enhancing garments and accessories and creating statement decor. There are 15 botanical-inspired projects inside too, so you can embrace the joy of hand stitching. Take a look at @loraavedian. MADE TO MEASURE Shruti and Simon at Pattern Project have developed innovative custom-fit technology for sewists to have a pattern modified to their measurements. Fabric is then efficiently machine cut and sent out for sewing! Shop their latest patterns at pattern-project.com. NEW VENTURE Apricus, a brand established as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme, is an all-female company with sustainability and environmental friendliness at its core. Their recently launched thrifting and upcycling guide, Sew Simple,…

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ESTUARY SKIRT, SEW LIBERATED Channel your inner Sewing Bee and be bold with buttons! If you’re not feeling up to that many buttonholes, you can sew a faux placket – we won’t tell! The lovely Estuary Skirt is definitely a summer staple piece. It features large patch or in-seam pockets, an elasticated back and can be made to any length you like. Available in sizes 0–30, sewliberated.com. S8927 TOP & SKIRT, MIMI G STYLE We're sticking with a button-front, but this time it’s off centre for an added feature. This is a slim-fit design for a flattering and slightly more formal look. Use your favourite fabric and sew a matching tie-front top for a co-ord set to impress. Available in UK sizes 4–18, sewdirect.com. DONOVAN SKIRT, HELEN’S CLOSET PATTERNS This skirt is a great beginner’s…

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make your mark

1. These attractive leather tags are perfect if you want your label to be a feature of the garment. Order a pack of customised debossed tags starting from £27.50, jslasercraft.etsy.com. 2. Promote your small business and proudly own your makes with these labels. Choose from 30 fonts and 36 colours, and add your own text, image or logo. From £9.50, thelittlelabelshopco.etsy.com. 3. If you’re keen to go the extra handmade mile, you can even make your own labels from scratch! Follow the simple DIY professional labels tutorial on Lovely and Enough’s blog, lovelyandenough.com.…